Hiya! I’m Elin, and I'm in my final year studying English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. I’m originally from Cardiff so I don't get home too often, which means I miss our three cats more than anything. I’m super keen to see all kinds of pets (especially all kinds of cats) - whether it's just quick food visits, hanging out and giving them some fuss, or overnights too. As well as my three lovely cats, we also used to have two guinea pigs and I was a dog walker for a year during pre-honours - basically, I’m happy to meet any kind of pet!
I live in a second floor flat which I share with four other pet-loving students, so indoor pets are very welcome to stay. For non-caged animals (like a cat who'd have free-reign of our flat), I would prefer if their first visit was under two weeks, just in case there are any teething issues re: us hanging out together.
I do have my own commitments (university, volunteering, netball etc.) so although I would do my best to arrange for one of my flatmates to be with them, any pets staying at my flat would need to be okay with spending a short amount of time on their own just in case I have something scheduled that I can't shift. I'm always keen to meet you and your furry (scaley? feathered?) friend beforehand, to learn a bit about you both and what suits you guys. Please get in touch :)
Summary of services:
-Pet holidays at my flat for indoor pets only. I will do my best to help with pick ups and drop offs, but have a very small car which is not suitable for transporting large cages etc. It shows up as dog boarding on the pawshake listing as the options are limited, but I cannot host dogs - small, indoor pets only (e.g. cat, rabbit, hamster). First visits for non-caged pets should be under two weeks.
-Short overnight stays at your property for pets who need a little more company e.g. if you're away for the weekend and a dog or cat isn't keen on kennels. I would base myself at your property and spend as much time there as possible (e.g. might pop out to the shops or have some online uni, but the rest would be pet time!)
-Home visits for feeding and company of indoor pets (around 30-45 minutes per visit, depending on the needs of your pet). E.g. if an independent cat would like to be fed and then ignore my existence, I won’t bother them when I’m not wanted. I can also take dogs on short walks. I’m happy to visit once or twice per day, whatever’s best for you.
-For home visits longer than 60 minutes, please select house sitting as the pawshake listing options are limited. I'm happy to hang out with pets for the evening, including longer dog walks and feeding. Please include as much detail as possible in your first message (dates, times, excitability of your pet etc.) as depending on the demands of my degree I may be unable to provide the attention your pet deserves - a sociable cat is very different experience to a boisterous puppy!
-Dogs are not able to visit or stay at my flat :(
-I would not feel comfortable offering outside access to any pets staying at my flat. They would need to be indoor-only for the time they’re with me
An absolute gem! We had Elin stop by daily to look after our cat while we were out of town for a week. She really bonded with the cat and sent us daily updates and photos. We had so much peace of mind while traveling knowing that our cat was in such great hands! Would highly recommend and will definitely be asking her to cat sit again next time we're out of town.
Elin was excellent. Very reliable and caring to our puppy. She clearly loves animals. Our puppy took to her immediately. We were so pleased to find her.
I underwent a basic disclosure check for another volunteering role, so I can provide a background check certificate on request (certificate from October 2019, sorry that I don't have anything more recent).
As an English literature student, my degree only lends itself to animals if you count reading on the sofa with cats and tea, though I am very qualified at sneaking up on sleeping pets with flea treatment capsules and bribing them with treats afterwards. We crush up worming tablets for our cats and hide them in tuna, but that's the limit of my experience medicating pets.
I am not an animal trainer myself, but I can do my best to treat your pets exactly as you would to reinforce good behaviour. Whilst dog walking in the past, I've worked on recall, good manners and other basic skills. However, I am in no way an expert, nor do I have any formal qualifications.
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